Prenatal Yoga is a broad term that includes yoga for those who:
- are planning to conceive in the near future
- are trying to conceive
- are navigating infertility
- have experienced pregnancy loss
- are in their first, second, and third trimesters of pregnancy
- have just welcomed a baby
Yoga is a wonderful way to connect to your child or the child for which you are hoping. It is a powerful tool for bringing your awareness to the many new thoughts, feelings, and sensations you are experiencing. It’s a great way to prepare for labor and delivery, and it’s certainly a great way to stay strong and healthy for the nine months that you are nurturing a new person. Yoga is also helpful in bringing awareness and intention to the type of parent you are hoping to be.
In addition to being a Registered Yoga Teacher, I am also a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher. I am trained to guide yoga classes centered around special considerations in pregnancy. Health, safety, and ethics are incredibly important in yoga, and they are amplified when incorporating pregnancy into the yoga practice. Here are some questions you may want to consider asking the instructor when you are looking for a yoga class:
- Are you a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher?
- How long have you been teaching?
- What is the scope of your typical prenatal yoga class for the first, second, third trimester?
- How would you approach someone who becomes tired or uncomfortable in class?
- Did you or your partner practice prenatal yoga?
While yoga is generally safe for healthy, pregnant women, you should always consult with your team of healthcare providers before beginning any new practices. Here are some great articles to learn more about discussing prenatal yoga with your physicians.